NACo Disaster Mitigation and Preparedness Social Media Day on April 11

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On Wednesday, April 11, shine a spotlight on how your county is building a culture of preparedness to disasters as part of NACo’s Disaster Mitigation and Preparedness Social Media Day!

As part of the Resilient Counties Initiative’s effort to create a Disaster Toolkit for Counties, NACo will host a Disaster Mitigation and Preparedness Social Media Day on April 11th to showcase how counties have made critical investments in mitigation projects and policies and forged creative partnerships that have allowed them to sustainably recover from recent disasters.

We know that for every $1 the federal government invests in mitigation, the nation saves $6. However, this figure does not capture the value of investments at the local level, nor does it capture the ingenuity employed by municipal leaders in making forward-thinking funding and policy decisions that promote local resilience. Throughout the day, NACo will share examples of county accomplishments and will share available disaster resilience resources that counties can use to start strengthening their own efforts today.

The highlight of the day will be a #ResilientCounties Twitter chat at 2 p.m. Eastern through @NACoTweets.

Join NACo by posting links to or short summaries of your county’s disaster mitigation and preparedness projects, resources, lessons learned, tips and innovative efforts on NACo’s Facebook page or on Twitter @NACoTweets using the hashtag #ResilientCounties.

What is a Twitter chat? A Twitter chat is where a group of Twitter users meet at a pre-determined time to discuss a certain topic, using a designated hashtag (#) for each tweet contributed. A host or moderator will pose questions (designated with Q1, Q2…) to prompt responses from participants (using A1, A2…) and encourage interaction among the group. Chats typically last an hour.

NACo’s Disaster Mitigation and Preparedness Twitter chat will be focused on how counties foster local and regional resilience through dedicated disaster preparedness and mitigation planning, partnerships and funding. To participate in the conversation, please respond to the questions posted by @NACoTweets and tweet your county’s stories and resources using the hashtag #ResilientCounties and the corresponding A1, A2, A3, etc. for each answer. For example, “A1: Insert answer here #ResilientCounties”

If your tweet is longer than 280 characters, remember you can split it up into multiple tweets by adding a counter to the end of each tweet. For example, “2/5” to indicate this tweet is the second of five tweets that make up your response. If you plan to respond in this manner, please note that it is recommended you compose all tweets upfront and then publish them in quick succession one after the other. (Rather than composing one and tweeting, composing the next and tweeting, etc.) This better ensures the tweets will appear in order on the feed.

It is your stories and insights into the response and recovery process that will help us shape the Disaster Toolkit for Counties. By sharing your lessons learned and tips on strategies and innovative funding sources, you are adding depth and expertise to the final product. We look forward to the conversation on April 11th!

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